Community Services implements and supports assistance programs encompassing interim case management, community outreach, and education (i.e. Housing Fair, School Community United in Partnership Conference, Domestic Violence Empowerment Conference, CHARACTER COUNTS! program, etc.), housing counseling, financial wellness, emergency assistance and safety-net services, and provides resources and referrals to City residents in need. The Community Services Division has access to a large network of agencies and organizations to which City residents can be referred for assistance.
It also assists nonprofit organizations, schools, the faith-based community, and other community-based organizations dedicated to working with City residents by facilitating the development of collaborative partnerships, offering trainings and workshops, distributing information, coordinating volunteer opportunities, and convening local coalitions (i.e. Gaithersburg Coalition of Providers, Hoarding Taskforce, etc.) to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of services.
The City’s Educational Enrichment and Community Advisory Committees as well as the nonprofit and school grants are also funded by this activity area, with a focus on support in the areas of Health, Mental Health, Food and Nutrition, Emergency Assistance, Housing Assistance, and Financial and Workforce Development.